Keep your home safe from flooding

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It’s impossible to completely flood-proof your home but there are lots of things you can do to reduce flood damage and protect your property. If you’re concerned about the risk of flooding visit us for advice at one of our flood roadshows which is touring the district next week.

Flooding roadshows

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Free advice

Members of our Emergency Planning and Land Drainage teams will offer free advice to residents and businesses at our flooding roadshows so they can be better prepared should the worst happen.

The team will be visiting areas of the district which are a known flood risk. They will be selling empty sandbags and demonstrating various products and techniques for coping with flood water.

These events are a run up to the national Get Ready for Winter week in November.

Flooding roadshows

Visit our display between 10am and 2pm at the following locations

  • Monday 24 October 2016 – Nazeing – St Giles Church car park
  • Tuesday 25 October 2016 – Waltham Abbey – Waltham Abbey Market
  • Wednesday 26 October 2016 – Ongar – Ongar Market
  • Thursday 27 October 2016 – Loughton – Traps Hill car park
  • Friday 28 October 2016 – Abridge – Abridge Village Hall

Protect yourself against flooding

Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder Councillor Helen Kane said: “I would encourage anyone affected by flooding to come along and talk to us. Check to see if your home or business is in an area that could flood in the future. If it is, get signed up to Floodline for free flood warnings direct from the Environment Agency.”

“Our team can advise you on how to protect yourself from flooding using flood barriers, sandbags, air brick protectors, or even a simple pillow case. Make sure you take the necessary steps to protect yourself against flooding.”

Advice and information

Council pioneers drone use

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Stories in both the national and local media published over the last week have reported us buying 2 aerial camera systems also known as drones.

This is true but some of the stories have contained inaccuracies which we would like to put right.

DJI Phantom 3 aerial camera system

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Cabinet agreed purchase

At a meeting of Epping Forest District Councils cabinet on 11 January 2016 it was agreed to purchase 2 drones for £5,000. This includes Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) approved training for staff. Watch the decision at cabinet.

This money came out of our ‘invest to save scheme’.

The drones purchased are DJI Phantom 3 and will be operated by our GIS team once trained. (GIS = Geographic Information System).

Saving money

We have been buying commercial photographs and videos for site surveys for over 50 years. This has included the hire of drones. Purchasing drones has many benefits that will save the council money and time. These include

  • Real-time surveys for planning purposes saving us having to purchase aerial photography for new planning developments and landscaping enforcement
  • Surveying roofs and guttering on council owned estates saving money and time on scaffolding and surveys
  • Identifying illegal waste transfer sites and previously unidentified unauthorised caravan encampments
  • Find out more on the cabinet report dated 11 January 2016

Generate  income

We are hoping the drones could generate the council income. We will be exploring the opportunities of shared use with other local authorities and public bodies. This will help to ensure we remain a low council tax authority (we have frozen our portion of council tax for the last 6 years).

A valuable tool

We would like to reassure residents that the drones will not be used for snooping on our residents but used as a valuable tool in the fight against environmental and planning abuses. We will not be looking into peoples back gardens.

Innovative use of new technology

This innovative use of new technology helps to save the taxpayer money and helps us to look after the environment in the Epping Forest district, in which we are proud to live, work and enjoy.